Hydrangea Wreath for Fall

Hydrangea Wreath for Fall: Quick & Easy Wreath for Fall

I’m nothing if not predictable. A creature of habit.   But I can’t help it, I’m a Cancer.   That’s what I’ve always attributed my my creature of habit tendencies too … but I fear I may be mistaken.   In the course of writing this post, I decided to look up Cancer personality traits. […]

Decorating The Dining Room Chairs

Decorating the Back of Dining Room Chair for Fall

When I started this blog I had a dream. And it went a little something like this …   I would spend the first year fixing up the house. On a budget. Repurposing what we had, with no big ticket purchases. And at the end of that first year, I would have a perfectly appointed […]

Butcher Blocks & Dreams of Grandeur

How To Protect Butcher Block with Bee's Oil Wax

Once upon a time, I worked on Michigan Avenue.   In the heart of the Magnificent Mile.   And it was magical. Every day I went to work surrounded by Gucci. And Cartier. And Saks Fifth Avenue. And Louis Vitton.  And Bloomies. And …   my most favorite of all …   the Crate & […]

Paint’s Chips


Today it’s all about inspiration. Photo Sources (left to right, top to bottom): How To Nest for Less on Instagram | The Gathered Home on Instagram | 4 Men 1 Lady Blog on Instagram | Primitive & Proper on Istagram | Primitive & Proper on Instagram | Designer Trapped in A Lawyer’s Body on Instagram | How […]

The Making of The Fall Entry with Intel 2in1

White Pumpkins

Once upon a time in a land where voice-mail ruled and dial-up drooled, my design inspiration came from snail-mail-delivered magazines and catalogs. Or (gasp) by walking around brick-and-mortar retail stores.   I would rip out pages of those magazines and catalogs and circle things and write notes about where this mirror or that fabric or […]

Button Monogram Pillow

Button Monogram Letter Pillow

When I married 20 years ago, I made a major jump in the alphabet. From a Z to a B. I figured my children would get to line up near the front and wouldn’t find their desks in the nosebleed section of the classroom.   Though, to be honest, I really did cherish that Z. […]

Fall in The Dining Room

Navy & Brown Dining Room Decor for Fall

This fall, our morning routine has undergone a major overhaul.   Mike and Sam no longer race to get into the shower first. Sure we have two bathrooms, but there was always the fight for water pressure. Now Mike has all the pressure, and Sam gets to use the communal bathroom at college. And then there’s Molly’s new morning agenda. An […]

Paint’s Chips

Industrial Work Space

Happy Saturday! Any fun plans for the weekend? I’m planning to chillax. Maybe take in a movie. I’m also toying with tackling the mess in the basement. My industrial style work space isn’t looking quite as pristine and organized as it did when I shared it last year … There was a tragic incident with a […]

My Pinterest Fail: Jute Pumpkins

Pinterest Fail jute pumpkin

I was really excited about this project.   I couldn’t wait to get started. But before I got started, I conducted extensive research using various techniques.   Should I add water to the glue mixture?   Should I wrap the balloon in Saran wrap first?   What material should I use? Twine? Jute? Yarn?   […]

Envelope Pillow Cover How To

How To Make An Envelope Pillow

Yesterday I was making envelope pillow covers and watching the Pope. It wasn’t a conscious choice (the Pope-watching, that is). More like I had no choice because most networks were covering the event live. So when I tuned into Good Morning America – like I do each and every morning – the show was 100% Pope Francis. […]

Kitchen Bling: Glass Hardware Installation

Glass Hardware in White Kitchen D. Lawless Hardware

Somewhere along the line my kitchen remodel project turned into a homage to my New Jersey upbringing.   There’s the coastal feel that harkens back to my love of the Jersey shore.   There’s the added height to the kitchen cabinet tops that’s reminiscent of my big hair days.   And then there’s the kitchen […]

Clothespin Wreath: Driftwood Look

Clothespin Wreath How To

For those of you wondering how my son is faring during his first month of college, I can confidentially report that all is going well.   Knock (clothespin) wood.   He’s found is posse. Has his routine. Is attending classes (or so he says). Not partying (again, so he says; but, honestly, he’s just not that […]

Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos: Easy Recipe Using Tilapia

Birthdays around here are celebrated with a dinner out. Birthday celebrant’s choice. And being creatures of habit, we always tend to end up at the same place. The only time we change venue is when we’re forced to …   like when our favorite-within-walking-distance restaurant closed.   For my birthday, I decided to change things […]

How To Add Height To Kitchen Cabinets

How To Add Height To Kitchen Cabinets: No Power Tools Needed

I may have mentioned once or twice — or ten plus times — that I was born and raised in New Jersey. Northern New Jersey, to be specific. In a town filled with malls. In the 60’s and 70’s and 80’s.   And I’ll freely admit I fell victim to the fashion trends of the […]

Fall In The Living Room: Navy & Brown

Fall Decor Ideas Using Navy & Brown

  It took a long time this year for me to fully embrace summer. It was well into July before I shared my pasty white legs with the world, and that’s only because I was forced to. You just can’t wear long pants in Florida in July.   Trust me, I tried. And it wasn’t pretty. Pasty […]